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Windows 7: A Win7 Networking Question?

06 Jul 2009   #1

Windows7 64bit
A Win7 Networking Question?

Hello People

Am I going nuts, or is it not possible to network my WinXP laptop and Windows 7 PC?

The best answer i guess is that i'm going nuts

I wish to run an application on the laptop, that is able to read & WRITE files OUTSIDE of the Public folder on my PC.

I just don't seem able to get them talking


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06 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yes, it is possible because I've done it several times. One issue is that Windows 7 defaults to the wrong Workgroup name and disables almost all sharing. Use the Advanced Sharing Option in Windows 7 to change the Workgroup name to MSHOME (the default XP name) and enable sharing, both public and private.

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06 Jul 2009   #3

Windows7 64bit

Thanks, thought i had already done that, but will go check again to be sure.
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06 Jul 2009   #4

Windows 7 7264x64(main), 7260x86(secendary), XP SP3 Triple Boot

the workgroup name doesn't matter, well at least not for me. the first thing to check is to make sure the PCs can ping each other, if they can then you can try and access one of them through the other. each computer has a hostname that you set at install time and change at anytime, let's assume you have hostnames assigned like this:

ComputerA's hostname: "ComputerA"
ComputerB's hostname: "ComputerB"

If we assume ComputerA has Windows 7, from Computer A click on start button, and on the search/run box, type "\\ComputerB" , then hit enter. this will try to open up the shared folders on ComputerB. you might need to type a username and password if it's needed.

If we assume ComputerB has WinXP, then from computer B click on start button, and then click on Run, this will open a box, in the box type "\\ComputerA" then hit enter. this will try to open up the shared folders on ComputerA. you might need to type a username and password if it's needed.

You can also use the ip addresses if you want, for example if computerB is, then you can type "\\" in the search/run box. if you want to know the computer's current UP address just type ipconfig in the command prompt.

If your not sure of the hostname, there is many ways to find out the current hostname on the machine, the quickest is is to open a command window, then type "hostname" command, hit enter this will show you the current hostname.

if you see no shared folders on the other computer, this means you have not shared anything yet, so just go and share a folder on the computer you wish to share, usually by going to the properties then the share tab. but sometimes sharing is not installed by default and you may need to run a wizard before it's available.

If computers don't see each other, there is many possibilaties, but most likely is that they don't share the same subnet and without a proper gateway, also it could be due to a firewall setting.
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